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Old 09-19-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure
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By John Harris
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 20, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Starting quarterback Dennis Dixon left with a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. For a while, backup Charlie Batch, under defensive duress, appeared to be headed toward a similar fate.

Batch survived.

Amazingly, so did the Steelers' moribund offense in a 19-11 win that was the result of a stout defense and opportunistic special teams play.

"I was trying to do anything I can to help this team win,'' said Batch, who completed 5 of 11 passes for 25 yards. "That was going in there and executing the game plan.''

With Dixon sidelined, Batch was the only Steelers quarterback dressed and eligible to play, although coach Mike Tomlin said Dixon could have returned and "handed the ball off to finish the game.''

"If I had to go in the game, I would have done it,'' Dixon said.

Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who played quarterback at Indiana well enough to receive Heisman Trophy consideration his senior year, could have played quarterback in an emergency. He wasn't needed.

Byron Leftwich was released Saturday in a roster move, so the Steelers could sign nose tackle Steve McLendon because Casey Hampton was out with a hamstring injury.

Leftwich is expected to re-sign today, which could create a logjam to see which quarterback will start next week at Tampa Bay -- Dixon, Leftwich or Batch. Ben Roethlisberger, serving a four-game suspension, won't be eligible until after the Steelers' bye week.

"I don't know who is going to play quarterback. I know it won't be me. I'm not good enough,'' Tomlin said.

If he receives good news regarding his MRI, Dixon wants to start against the Buccaneers.

"Will I be ready next week? Yeah, I think I can. I planted wrong, it didn't feel right after that,'' said Dixon, who rushed for 28 yards on three carries and suffered the injury while running with the ball on his final series of the game. "If it's something serious, I want to be able to rehab. But I don't think it is.''

Dixon, who was 4 of 6 for 18 yards, described his afternoon this way: "It started off rocky as far as communication. But things started to slow down after that.''

The Steelers generated 127 total yards and seven first downs. Neither quarterback guided the offense to a touchdown.

"We are leaving a lot of offense on the field,'' said Batch, who also wants consideration in the quarterback derby.

"I always want to throw my hat in the ring,'' Batch said. "It's just a matter of if the opportunity presents itself. You never know when your number is going to be called.''

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure

I say start Charlie Batch.
Batch did a good job yesterday.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure

Leftwich, if he can go!

Watching paint dry was more exciting than Dixon and Batch. We need some sort of passing threat to keep the running game going for 2 more weeks.
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Default Re: Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure

Does it really matter. I don't think so just don't turn the ball over and we will win.Our D will win the game if the offense don't loose it
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Does it really matter. I don't think so just don't turn the ball over and we will win.Our D will win the game if the offense don't loose it
Agreed. Batch or Lefty would be fine, b/c if given the chance they can pass (not sure they'll get the chance often though).

I know some will say they want Dixon b/c he can run if pressured...but that didn't seem to work out too well for us Sunday lol. Plus if there's anyone I worry about turning the ball over, it's him.

Batch or Lefty will protect the ball and handle the pressure better than he will. So either one of them is fine with me.

With that said, I'm sure the coaches will start Dixon on Sunday.
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Default Re: Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure

I can't see them starting Leftwich, but maybe he'll know a thing or two against his former teammates.
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Default Re: Who will be quarterback next week? Tomlin isn't sure

batch was doing really well imo, just had a string of bad luck. he had one TD called back by a penalty and another that clanged off ward's hands. for the most part he was on target though.

at this point i think he's the best choice. i do worry if he can make it through 2 games though
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batch was doing really well imo, just had a string of bad luck. he had one TD called back by a penalty and another that clanged off ward's hands. for the most part he was on target though.

at this point i think he's the best choice. i do worry if he can make it through 2 games though
You're right, he's the most healthy QB we have right now, so why not start him?

Dixon can be 2nd and Leftwich 3rd.
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I don't see how it can NOT be Leftwhich. He was slated to start to begin with and this offense has been beyond pathetic with Dixon at the helm. Charlie is obviously being used as our own little emergency and we are scared to death of his durability. At this point, Leftwhich is our only hope at providing a spark and he should deserve the shot to come back and start against a team he was apart of last season. I can see the "controversy" if we were lighting it up, but now with Dixon hurting his knee in the midst of not performing well in his 2 starts, Lefty deserves his shot atleast for this game.
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Batch earned the right to start next week.....Plain and simple!
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